Donations pour in for couple whose east side garage was broken into

Jocelyn and Ian Minerve with IMPD Master Detective Jackie Phillips-Stackman (WTHR/Emily Longnecker)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - When thieves broke into Jocelyn and Ian Minerve's garage this past weekend, Jocelyn, who is eight months pregnant, was devastated.

"I was just like, 'I give up! I give up'" said Jocelyn.

Just a week ago, the couple's cars were ransacked in their Tuxedo Park neighborhood.

This time, though, someone bypassed their garage door, instead ripping off the siding to get to clothes and toys the couple had been storing for their kids, ages five and two, and the baby boy the couple is expecting next month.

"I had basically given up. This was the icing on the cake. The cherry on top," said Jocelyn.

The couple didn't know what they were going to do.

"All odds were against us. We're not from Indy," she said.

That didn't matter.

Long-time east side resident and IMPD Master Detective Jackie Phillips-Stackman saw a social media post Joceylyn made about the break in.

"The thing that really struck me is this family wasn't even asking for help," said Phillips-Stackman.

"They were just simply warning the neighbors, 'Hey this happened to us. Please be on the lookout in case this happens to you'," Phillips-Stackmann said of Jocelyn's post.

Within hours of writing her own social media post about the Minerves' plight, Phillips-Stackman heard from colleagues and friends across the country who wanted to donate money and clothes to help.

Wednesday night, she took the first of many deliveries over the Minerves' home.

"These are just a couple things I got today. A Spiderman coat and some things for the boys," said Phillips-Stackman.

"Thank you so much. I appreciate it. We are so grateful," Jocelyn told Phillips-Stackman.

The donations Phillips-Stackman brought Wednesday are just a small part of the support the couple has received both locally and from across the country.

"Just overwhelmed by the love. That's the best way I can describe it," said Ian Minerve.

"For me, it's restored my faith that people are good. There's way more good people in the world than there are bad," said Jocelyn.

Something that was easy to forget at first after what happened last weekend.

Now the Minerves will never forget the help that came because of it.

"We are beyond humble, beyond grateful from the bottom of our hearts. We want to say thank you and we'll pay it forward," the couple said.